Religious Education

How to Pray the Rosary

 
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 Introduction

The Rosary is divided into five decades. Each decade represents a mystery or event in the life of Jesus. There are four sets of "Mysteries of the Rosary" (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious). These four "Mysteries of the Rosary" therefore contain, a total of twenty mysteries. The Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries are then said on specific days of the week (see each set of mysteries below). During private recitation of the Rosary, each decade requires  meditation on a specific mystery. Public recitation of the Rosary (two or more people), requires a leader to announce each of the mysteries before the decade, and start each prayer (see "The Family Rosary" below).

The Apostle's Creed is said on the Crucifix; the Our Father is said on each of the Large Beads; the Hail Mary is said on each of the Small Beads; the Glory Be after the three Hail Mary's at the beginning of the Rosary, and after each decade of Small Beads. In June 13, 1917, Our Lady asked that an additional prayer be added after each decade of the Rosary (see prayers at the end of this document). It is a prayer of forgiveness to Jesus and is said following the Glory Be after each decade only.

 

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Sacraments

 

The sacraments are physical signs which impart real, sacramental grace to transform lives with the power of the Holy Spirit. They are means of encounter with Christ himself. It is Christ who welcomes the newly baptized into the family of God and Confirms his faithful through the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. In the Eucharist Christ nourishes his flock with his own Body and Blood, and he heals and strengthens them with Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Through the sacraments of Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders, Christ supplies for the needs of his Church on earth. All the seven sacraments come from the ministry of Christ and continue his work of healing, strengthening and forgiving sins.

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The sacraments are physical signs which impart real, sacramental grace to transform lives with the power of the Holy Spirit. They are means of encounter with Christ himself. It is Christ who welcomes the newly baptized into the family of God and Confirms his faithful through the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. In the Eucharist Christ nourishes his flock with his own Body and Blood, and he heals and strengthens them with Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Through the sacraments of Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders, Christ supplies for the needs of his Church on earth. All the seven sacraments come from the ministry of Christ and continue his work of healing, strengthening and forgiving sins.

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